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Remembering a Universal, Spiritual Father: On the Fifth Anniversary of the Death of the Venerable John Paul II

April 1, 2010
In addition to being Good Friday tomorrow, April 2nd is also the fifth anniversary of the death of John Paul II.  Yesterday, we published an article from Salt + Light CEO Fr. Thomas Rosica remembering the Polish pontiff.  The Knights of Columbus'  Headline Bistro has an extended version of the article, along with video clips of Fr. Rosica reflecting on the Pontiff.
On the Fifth Anniversary of the Death of the Venerable John Paul II
by Father Thomas Rosica, CSB
April 2005. They were incredible scenes that I shall never forget, almost like a spontaneous World Youth Day that erupted in Rome. Hundreds of thousands of young people streamed into St. Peter’s Square and wept openly before the body of an old man who was not a rock star, Olympic medalist nor Hollywood icon. He was an elderly pope who had just endured a public death before the eyes of the world.
On April 8, 2005, millions of people gathered in churches, halls, fields, public venues and schools across the face of the earth – many well before the crack of dawn – to watch the funeral of someone who told them to serve others before satisfying themselves.
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